Land at New Place Farm, Pulborough, West Sussex

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Planning Application Registered

The outline planning application for New Place Farm has now been registered (DC/21/2321), and the application can be viewed using the portal link here.

We are required to produce a water neutrality statement which is currently being prepared.

Statutory consultees (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways England, Natural England and the Parish Council) and local residents have the opportunity to formally comment on the application. 

We will continue to work closely with the Council and where necessary will respond to statutory consultees. However, should you wish to submit further feedback directly to Catesby Estates you can do this via the Have Your Say Form on this website.

An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.

A Reserved Matters application typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.  No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented.

WHY NEW HOMES HERE?

There is a housing crisis in the UK and the Government have introduced a number of measures to encourage house building for authorities who are failing to deliver enough homes.

Horsham is currently failing to meet this requirement and cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing and as required by Government policy.  Therefore, we are submitting an application to help the authority meet its housing requirement on a site that is sustainable and deliverable in the short term.

Furthermore, the site has been identified in the submission version of the Pulborough Neighbourhood Plan and identified as a preferred site in the emerging Horsham Local Plan published in June 2021. Neither of these policy documents have been adopted therefore weight that can be attached is no more than limited at this stage.

The site is greenfield. The structures and hardstanding associated with the garden nursery are classed as agricultural and therefore do not constitute previously developed land. 

Nonetheless, Horsham Council and especially Pulborough, have very few sites that are previously developed (brownfield) and given the housing requirement, there is an inevitable requirement for greenfield sites to be identified for housing.

This site provides an opportunity to deliver much needed housing in a sustainable location close to existing shops, services and education facilities whilst also mitigating the harm through the provision of public benefits which outweigh the loss of this greenfield site.  

HOUSING TYPE AND DESIGN

The proposals are for 170 homes including 35% affordable housing.  The final design, layout and style of homes, is something that is agreed and dealt with under a Reserved Matters application. 

FRAMEWORK PLAN AND ILLUSTRATIVE MATERIAL

Outline planning applications seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the Local Planning Authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward in a Reserved Matters Application.

The Framework Plan seeks to establish the areas for various land uses such as the countryside park and any Reserved Matters application will be required to be approved in accordance with the Framework Plan.  The Illustrative layout shows one way the site could come forward and is illustrative.  

EXISTING EMPLOYMENT

The existing garden nursery on site are part of a wider group, who have been aware of the promotion of the site, and the longer term residential ambitions for the site by the landowners.

The staff and activities are being absorbed into this larger group and consolidated into other sites.  The majority of staff are continuing employment within the wider group and any redundancies have been on a voluntary basis. 

New residents will spend in in local shops, pubs and other facilities (flower shop, coffee shop, butchers, barbers, supermarket, builders merchants, take-outs etc), helping to support local businesses.  There are also the temporary increases in expenditure linked to the direct and indirect employment effects during the construction stage. 

PRESSURE ON EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE - SCHOOL, DOCTORS AND LOCAL SERVICES CAPACITY

Funding for services will be made available via Section 106 contributions.  In addition, Horsham Council have an adopted Community Infrastructure Levy known as CIL, which imposes a requirement for developers to pay £135.00 to the Council for every sqm of market housing. 

CIL receipts from the development fund improvements for highways, public transport, green infrastructure, environmental improvements and leisure/community facilities.

Should a GP Surgery wish to expand their offering, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have the opportunity to request funding from S106 and CIL contributions if required as well

ENERGY EFFICIENT AND LOW CARBON HOMES

Existing homes account for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. To help reduce carbon emissions and keep down household energy costs, the new homes built will meet the latest energy efficiency standards and be heated by cleaner energy sources.

In this regard the new homes to be developed will:

  • Reduce carbon emissions by up to 31% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements)
  • New homes will feature technology which will include some of the following, photovoltaic (solar) panels, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs to significantly limit any heat loss
  • Provision of electric vehicle charging points

ECOLOGY, HEDGES AND TREES

The landscape design seeks to integrate the new housing into the landscape, retaining the vast majority of boundary vegetation, hedgerow and trees, along with the creation of new areas of planting and public open space. 

A range of wildlife friendly features will also be incorporated (i.e., bat and bird boxes), in addition to soft landscaping which will include habitats such as grasslands (featuring wildflower) and large vegetative buffers to the boundaries providing a permeable site for wildlife.

Furthermore, the proposals provide sufficient inherent mitigation for protected species, such as bats, birds, and reptiles to ensure they can be retained on-site, with no significant negative impact.

We are required by policy to deliver a positive net gain in biodiversity on this site. Through working with the existing features and supplementing those with new co-ordinated landscape and ecology features we are pleased to be able to provide a biodiversity net gain. A full ecology report will be submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how this is achieved. 

Planning Application Registered

The outline planning application for New Place Farm has now been registered (DC/21/2321), and the application can be viewed using the portal link here.

We are required to produce a water neutrality statement which is currently being prepared.

Statutory consultees (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways England, Natural England and the Parish Council) and local residents have the opportunity to formally comment on the application. 

We will continue to work closely with the Council and where necessary will respond to statutory consultees. However, should you wish to submit further feedback directly to Catesby Estates you can do this via the Have Your Say Form on this website.

An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.

A Reserved Matters application typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.  No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented.

WHY NEW HOMES HERE?

There is a housing crisis in the UK and the Government have introduced a number of measures to encourage house building for authorities who are failing to deliver enough homes.

Horsham is currently failing to meet this requirement and cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing and as required by Government policy.  Therefore, we are submitting an application to help the authority meet its housing requirement on a site that is sustainable and deliverable in the short term.

Furthermore, the site has been identified in the submission version of the Pulborough Neighbourhood Plan and identified as a preferred site in the emerging Horsham Local Plan published in June 2021. Neither of these policy documents have been adopted therefore weight that can be attached is no more than limited at this stage.

The site is greenfield. The structures and hardstanding associated with the garden nursery are classed as agricultural and therefore do not constitute previously developed land. 

Nonetheless, Horsham Council and especially Pulborough, have very few sites that are previously developed (brownfield) and given the housing requirement, there is an inevitable requirement for greenfield sites to be identified for housing.

This site provides an opportunity to deliver much needed housing in a sustainable location close to existing shops, services and education facilities whilst also mitigating the harm through the provision of public benefits which outweigh the loss of this greenfield site.  

HOUSING TYPE AND DESIGN

The proposals are for 170 homes including 35% affordable housing.  The final design, layout and style of homes, is something that is agreed and dealt with under a Reserved Matters application. 

FRAMEWORK PLAN AND ILLUSTRATIVE MATERIAL

Outline planning applications seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the Local Planning Authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward in a Reserved Matters Application.

The Framework Plan seeks to establish the areas for various land uses such as the countryside park and any Reserved Matters application will be required to be approved in accordance with the Framework Plan.  The Illustrative layout shows one way the site could come forward and is illustrative.  

EXISTING EMPLOYMENT

The existing garden nursery on site are part of a wider group, who have been aware of the promotion of the site, and the longer term residential ambitions for the site by the landowners.

The staff and activities are being absorbed into this larger group and consolidated into other sites.  The majority of staff are continuing employment within the wider group and any redundancies have been on a voluntary basis. 

New residents will spend in in local shops, pubs and other facilities (flower shop, coffee shop, butchers, barbers, supermarket, builders merchants, take-outs etc), helping to support local businesses.  There are also the temporary increases in expenditure linked to the direct and indirect employment effects during the construction stage. 

PRESSURE ON EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE - SCHOOL, DOCTORS AND LOCAL SERVICES CAPACITY

Funding for services will be made available via Section 106 contributions.  In addition, Horsham Council have an adopted Community Infrastructure Levy known as CIL, which imposes a requirement for developers to pay £135.00 to the Council for every sqm of market housing. 

CIL receipts from the development fund improvements for highways, public transport, green infrastructure, environmental improvements and leisure/community facilities.

Should a GP Surgery wish to expand their offering, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have the opportunity to request funding from S106 and CIL contributions if required as well

ENERGY EFFICIENT AND LOW CARBON HOMES

Existing homes account for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. To help reduce carbon emissions and keep down household energy costs, the new homes built will meet the latest energy efficiency standards and be heated by cleaner energy sources.

In this regard the new homes to be developed will:

  • Reduce carbon emissions by up to 31% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements)
  • New homes will feature technology which will include some of the following, photovoltaic (solar) panels, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs to significantly limit any heat loss
  • Provision of electric vehicle charging points

ECOLOGY, HEDGES AND TREES

The landscape design seeks to integrate the new housing into the landscape, retaining the vast majority of boundary vegetation, hedgerow and trees, along with the creation of new areas of planting and public open space. 

A range of wildlife friendly features will also be incorporated (i.e., bat and bird boxes), in addition to soft landscaping which will include habitats such as grasslands (featuring wildflower) and large vegetative buffers to the boundaries providing a permeable site for wildlife.

Furthermore, the proposals provide sufficient inherent mitigation for protected species, such as bats, birds, and reptiles to ensure they can be retained on-site, with no significant negative impact.

We are required by policy to deliver a positive net gain in biodiversity on this site. Through working with the existing features and supplementing those with new co-ordinated landscape and ecology features we are pleased to be able to provide a biodiversity net gain. A full ecology report will be submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how this is achieved. 

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